Review: COMA (Fiction)

5 Star, Disease & Health

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Medical Thriller, Still Going Strong,

December 13, 2002
Robin Cook
This book, the original novel that propelled the author to the top of the medical thriller genre a quarter-century ago, is a gem. I buy and read Cook’s novels anytime I finish my pre-planned books on a trip, and was truly delighted to have a chance to pick up the anniversary edition, which I had not read previously.Among the aspects of Cook’s “formula” that I especially appreciate are 1) his provision of non-fiction background references that frame the novel in the real world; 2) his orchestration of vignettes so that one obtains real insights into the backroom operations and otherwise invisible nuances of hospitals and medicine; 3) his engaging characters; and, most importantly, 4) his dramatization of major threats that are not well-articulated to the public by any other means.

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